The Tricycle has announced its new season, which is set to open with a month of comedy when Mark Thomas and Sean Hughes return to the theatre with rising talent Shazia Mirza in her Tricycle debut. These performances are complemented by a short run of Ravi and Asha Jain’s A Brimful of Asha, fresh from a world tour.
The centrepiece of the season is the world première of A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes – a new adaptation of Molière’s Tartuffe. This wicked comedy sees artistic director Indhu Rubasingham continue her collaboration with the award-winning American playwright Marcus Gardley following the success of The House That Will Not Stand in 2014.
This Christmas, the team behind the award-winning The 39 Steps bring their production of Ben Hur, based on General Lew Wallace’s timeless classic, to the Tricycle stage. Also at Christmas Tamsin Waley-Cohen returns with her candlelit classical music concerts.
Also announced today is the Tricycle’s new writer development programme - NW6. Over the coming year, NW6 will support five writers - Hassan Abdulrazzak, Zodwa Nyoni, Chino Odimba, Sam Potter and Francis Turnly - to develop their long-term careers and creativity, helping them to progress onto larger stages.
Indhu Rubasingham said: "I am thrilled to announce the Tricycle’s new season – a combination of brilliant voices, some new, and some returning. We start with comedy – Mark Thomas, Sean Hughes and Shazia Mirza in their own shows, as well as Ravi and Asha Jain’s A Brimful of Asha.
"I am very happy to be working again with playwright Marcus Gardley on A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes – a wickedly original take on Molière’s Tartuffe, and at Christmas, we look forward to the team behind The 39 Steps producing their own special version of Ben Hur.
"We are also proud to launch our new writer’s development programme – NW6, which will see five selected writers work with us over the coming year. This is a vital programme for us here at the Tricycle, because as well as providing a home for these talented writers and supporting the next stage of their careers, we will also be inspired and influenced by them."